Hutchinson (publisher)

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Hutchinson
Parent companyPenguin Random House
Founded1887; 133 years ago (1887)
FounderGeorge Hutchinson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Publication typesBooks
Official websitewww.penguin.co.uk/company/publishers/cornerstone/hutchinson.html

Hutchinson was a British publishing firm which operated from 1887 until 1985, when it underwent several mergers. It is currently an imprint which is ultimately owned by Bertelsmann, the German publishing conglomerate.

History[edit]

Hutchinson began as Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.,[1] an English book publisher, founded in London in 1887 by Sir George Hutchinson and later run by his son, Walter Hutchinson (1887–1950). Hutchinson's published books and magazines such as The Lady's Realm, Adventure-story Magazine, Hutchinson's Magazine and Woman.[2]

In the 1920s, Walter Hutchinson published many of the "spook stories" of E.F. Benson in Hutchinson's Magazine and then in collections in a number of books. The company also first published Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger novels, five novels by mystery writer Harry Stephen Keeler, and short stories by Eden Phillpotts. In 1929, Walter Hutchinson stopped publishing magazines to concentrate on books.[2] In the 1930s, Hutchinson published H.G. Wells's The Bulpington of Blup as well as the first English translations of Vladimir Nabokov's Camera Obscura (translated by Winifred Roy with Nabokov credited as Vladimir Nabokoff-Sirin) in 1936 and Despair (translated by Nabokov himself) under its John Long marque of paperbacks.[3]

In 1947 the company launched the Hutchinson University Library book series.[4]

Among notable, non-fiction books, in 1959 Hutchinson & Co. published the first English edition of Karl Popper's most famous work, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, first published as Logik der Forschung in 1934.

The company merged with Century Publishing in 1985 to form Century Hutchinson, and was folded into the British Random House Group in 1989[5], where it became an imprint of Cornerstone Publishing[6], a publishing house of Penguin Random House UK[7], which is in turn a division of Penguin Random House, which itself, since 2013, was owned jointly by Bertelsmann and Pearson plc[8] and since 2019 just by Bertelsmann.[9]

Book series[edit]

  • Chestnut Library[10]
  • Hutchinson's Booklover's Library[11]
  • Hutchinson’s Pocket Library[12]
  • Hutchinson Science Series
  • Hutchinson University Library[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) {WorldCat Identities, worldcat.org. Retrieved on 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ashley, M. (2006). The Age of Storytellers. British Popular Fiction Magazines 1880–1950. London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press.
  3. ^ Philips, Rodney. "The Life and Works of Vladimir Nabokov". New York Public Library. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Hutchinson University Library – Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ McDOWELL, EDWIN (8 June 1989). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Random House to Buy British Book Publisher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Cornerstone". www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Our Publishers". www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ Richard Cohen (28 June 1998). "Guess Who's on the Backlist, Bookend". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Adria Calatayud, "Pearson CEO to Retire and company will sell remaining Penguin Random House stake", MarketWatch. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  10. ^ Chestnut Library (Hutchinson's Books for Young People/Hutchinson) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  11. ^ Booklover’s Library, owu.edu. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  12. ^ Hutchinson’s Pocket Library, owu.edu. Retrieved 7 April 2020.

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